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Tell A Story: Sketch A Horse

Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 at 10:30am

North Dakota Heritage Center
612 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501

“Tell A Story: Sketch A Horse” is coming to the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum on Saturday, June 1. Three free sessions of the horse-themed program will take place at 10:30-noon, 1:00-2:30, and 3:00-4:30. Led by master artist Kim Eslinger, the sessions are designed for a mixed-aged audience of adults and children with chaperones. Each is designed as a stand-alone program, but will include elements that can be built upon by attending successive sessions. Drawing materials will be provided. All three sessions will be repeated on June 22.

The morning session will demonstrate how to begin a gesture drawing and discuss the process needed to flesh out a sketch using basic shapes. Participants will incorporate elements of these techniques into their own creations while discussing basic horse anatomy, perspective, and proportion. The midday program will center on telling stories with horse pictures and include a reading of “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” by Paul Goble, followed by a facilitated comparison of Goble’s illustrations to horses depicted on winter counts. Participants will then create their own horse picture story, using cut out horse shapes to trace around and fill in details. The afternoon program will follow the model of the morning program helping new participants begin their horse drawings and story lessons or extending previous participants opportunities to further their horse stories and illustrations.

This program is a program related to the temporary exhibit,“The Horse in North Dakota,” which highlights the horse’s evolution and domestication, work and military uses, and Native American cultural significance, as well as the horse’s role in sports, art, and play. It includes remarkable objects and art from the State Historical Society of North Dakota collections, some that are being exhibited at the State Museum for the first time. Learn more about the exhibit at

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